By Sarah Terzo
By now, just about everyone’s heard about how NARAL Pro-Choice America let lose in a twitter rant over a Doritos commercial – one which showed a preborn baby on ultrasound reaching for a Dorito – that ran during the Superbowl. Though most people thought the commercial was cute, the proabortion activists of NARAL were angry, and attacked the commercial for “humanizing” preborn babies (i.e. human fetuses). Obviously, the person who runs NARAL’s twitter account wasn’t paying much attention in elementary school when they were teaching science.
But it’s not surprising that NARAL got upset over the sonogram image. They have hated sonograms for a very long time.
In an article in Newsweek, NARAL’s president at the time, Kate Michelman, said the following about sonogram images:
The technology has clearly helped to define how people think about a fetus as a full, breathing human being… The other side has been able to use the technology to its own end.
It’s hard to convince people that preborn babies are just “tissue” or “clusters of cells” when they’re looking at a kicking, moving, detailed image of a preborn child showing arms and legs.
Pro-lifers have been using ultrasound images to show the beauty of preborn life for a long time now. In a previous article, I shared stories about women who have changed their minds about having abortions after seeing ultrasounds of their babies.
For example, in this story from 40 Days for Life, a woman walked out of her abortion appointment and told the pro-life demonstrators:
“I couldn’t do it,” the woman said. “They were doing an ultrasound, so I asked if I could see it. At first they refused, telling me ‘you don’t really want to see it.’ But I insisted ‘yeah, I do want to see it, because if I can see it … maybe I won’t do it.’”
She was right. Once she saw her nine week baby on the ultrasound screen, she knew that she couldn’t go through with the abortion.